We have a confession for you: we don’t particularly like cocktails with orange juice in them. For us, oj does something weird when it’s combined with good ol’ liquor…what is normally tart and bright becomes heavy and almost metallic. Honestly, the only thing we want with our oj is pancakes. And maybe some bacon. So we thought we’d tackle a cocktail that we typically loathe due to the orange juice and make it into something we think is still just as simple, yet delicious. May we present to you, the Oaxacan Sunrise:
1 1/2 oz Del Maguey Crema Mezcal
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz ginger syrup
Peychaud’s bitters float (that’s the sunrise!)
In a mixing glass add the first three ingredients, ice, top with shaker tin and shake til cold. Strain into an old fashion glass and add ice. Douse generously with Peychaud’s bitters and before serving give it a little swirl with your barspoon or with a stirrer. Drink and repeat. The smokiness of the mezcal, the brightness of the lime and the bite of the ginger syrup make this cocktail one of our favorites in recent memory.